Some great things were shown at the OCZ display in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas this week and none more interesting than OCZ’ casual mentioning that their new Everest 2 Platform SSD just may be the new Vertex 4.
As much as OCZ and LSI SandForce have had a very tight relationship and we are certain this will continue with the Z-Drive R4 Cloudserv PCIe SSD, one can’t help but to observe OCZ’ spreading of their wings in both the Everest 2 platform and new Z-Drive R5 PCIe SSD.
OCZ Z-DRIVE R5 ‘KILIMANJARO’ PCIE SSD
The Z-R5 utilizes the Marvell/OCZ jointly created ‘Kilimanjaro’ and this will prove to be one of, if not the most powerful device available today as it derives its stealth from an amazing 16 Kilimanjaro controllers for unparalleled speeds.
The Z-R5 is destined to be the worlds first PCIe x16 Gen 3 SSD and capable of running at 16GB/s bandwidth. Its performance is also lightining fast with transfer speeds up to 7.2GB/s and a high IOPs at 2.52 million.
OCZ EVEREST 2 PLATFORM SSD DESTINED TO BE VERTEX 4
With performance specs of up to 90,000 IOPS and 550MB/s transfer speeds, we have to give a big ‘two thumbs up’ for OCZ’s development of the Everest 2 platform. Just as interesting, however, is the fact that they list an amazing maximum of 2TB on a single 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD. Can you imagine?
Keeping in mind that these are still preliminary results and there will be significant testing before release in a few months, one can’t help but admire the 4k results of this drive. It’s an enthusiasts dream.
TLC NAND FLASH MEMORY ON DISPLAY
Take a close look because this may be the closest SSDs ever come to using TLC memory. TLC NAND flash memory was developed to reduce memory costs an expected 30%, however, several discussions we have had this week have included the ideology that the price difference may just be the reason moving to TLC is unfeasible. Present NAND flash memory prices siimply fluctuate too much. This SSD, however, is SATA 3, capable of over 500MB/s transfer speeds and up to 30,000 IOPS.
OCZ SELECTED AS SSD OF CHOICE IN LG ULTRABOOK
Our congrats have to go out to OCZ as being selected the SSD of choice in the new LG Ultrabook. Use of the Indilinx processor on a mSATA SSD made this the ideal storage choice for LG. Look forward to a review in the near future.